Here from the beginning when our doors first opened,
a steadying handmaiden to doctors and nurses,
participants in the difficult art of serving people as they pass
from being a person to becoming a patient.
And not just any patient but a patient with cancer, the hardest diagnosis of all.
Your quiet joy assured the rest of us that
we would make it through this clinic, this day
when the onslaught of pain and sorrow
seemed, at times, almost too much to bear.
Today we mourn your passing
but we will not let you go quietly into the night
for we hear the whispers as you pass,
the dignity of your life a prayer to remember.